For the third time this season, Randallstown stands king of the neighborhood.
Antoine Jordan scored 15 points and Aaron Hutchinson added 12, including a follow-up in the final minute of overtime that put the No. 13-ranked Rams ahead for good in a 71-68 win over No. 19 Milford Mill in a battle of Liberty Road rivals.
After falling behind by as many as nine points in the first quarter, the Rams (16-2 overall, 9-1 in Baltimore County's Division I) spent the rest of the half playing catch-up. When Hutchinson sank one of two free throws with 30 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 59, however, they knew overtime was theirs.
"We're in our house and we had already beaten them two times this year," said Randallstown's Archie Trader (11 points). "We knew we had the advantage."
In the early going, however, it seemed like it would be Milford's game to lose.
Bothered by the Millers' full-court pressure, Randallstown got off only one shot in the first 4: 30, while turning the ball over six times. The Rams finished with 10 turnovers in the quarter and 16 in the half.
Led by guards Richard Johnson (19 points) and Chad Mickens (13), and forwards Jacen Drummond (13) and Corey Lawson (12), Milford (12-6, 6-4) ran out to leads of 8-0 and 16-7 before taking a 30-29 at the half.
"Our last few games we've been giving up a lot of points in the first quarter," said Trader. "Once we were giving up too many points, [coach Kim Rivers] switched it [from a zone] to a man-to-man."
Randallstown forced 28 turnovers for the game, and might've won in regulation if not for 22-for-42 foul shooting.
No. 1 Towson Catholic 61, No. 9 Calvert Hall 55: Keith Jenifer had a game-high 30 points, including four of six free throws in the final two minutes, as the Owls (19-4) downed the Cardinals in a Catholic League game. Jenifer connected on six three-pointers in the first, which ended with Towson Catholic ahead, 33-31.
No. 3 McDonogh 71, Boys' Latin 48: Senior guard David Lunn tied a season-high with 27 points, along with seven rebounds and seven assists as the host Eagles (17-5, 7-0) stayed unbeaten in the MIAA B Conference. Lunn was 11-for-15 from the field, including four three-pointers. Jake Aygun led the Lakers with 16 points.
No. 5 Spalding 70, Gibbons 46: Derek Snowden scored 19 as the visiting Cavaliers easily defeated the Crusaders (12-11). Spalding went on a 23-4 scoring run to start the fourth quarter. Ellis Hopkins and Collin McBride each scored seven to lead Gibbons.
No. 6 Southern-B 87, Poly 49: Poly scored the game's first nine points, but it was all Southern the rest of the way. Guard Melvin Scott led the Bulldogs with 31 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Forward Brandon Jeffers finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, with point guard Keon Johnson dishing out 12 assists in the win.
No. 8 Douglass 77, Mervo 63: The Ducks (10-4) overcame a 15-point first-quarter deficit sparked by a 10-0 run late in the first half and their pressing defense throughout. Senior forward Dontae Truitt poured in 28 points and 10 rebounds, with Anthony Knox adding 16 points and 11 rebounds.
No. 11 Aberdeen 65, C.M. Wright 42: The visiting Eagles remained perfect at 14-0 with senior guard Tylan Gatling scoring a game-high 14 points in a Harford County contest. Gary Neal came off the bench to provide 12 points in the win.
No. 15 Westminster 86, Frederick 67: Senior forward Nick Hohenwarter scored a game-high 30 points as the visiting Owls rebounded from Tuesday's loss to Thomas Johnson with an easy victory in Frederick.
Hohenwarter also grabbed seven rebounds, and senior point guard Ryan Salkeld chipped in 12 points and nine assists to help Westminster improve to 14-2 overall and 8-1 in the Central Maryland Conference.
No. 17 North County 73, Broadneck 70: The Knights outscored Broadneck 19-7 in the fourth quarter to come from behind in Anne Arundel County action. Mark Jennings scored 21 and Jerome Goodman added 20 for the win.
No. 18 Wilde Lake 78, Atholton 39: Seven players scored seven or more points for the Wildecats in their comfortable win against Howard County-foe Atholton. David Martin scored 18 for Wilde Lake.
No. 20 Northwestern 70, Forest Park 32: The Wildcats enjoyed a 50-point second half to get past a pesky Forest Park team that kept it close in the first half.
No. 2 Seton Keough 32, No. 13 Roland Park 30: Denise King extended a two-point lead -- 30-28 -- by hitting both ends of a one-and-one with 20 seconds left to lift the visiting Gators over the Reds (12-8). Roland Park, which was down by 21-8 at the half, went on an 18-5 scoring run in the third quarter to tie the game at 26.
No. 3 River Hill 56, No. 16 Glenelg 34: Greeba Outen-Barlow scored 20 points to power the Hawks (16-0) past the visiting Gladiators (9-5).
No. 6 John Carroll 40, IND 25: Sarah Octavec had seven of her 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Patriots pulled away from the host Indians. John Carroll's Kristin Jasper had a game-high 16 points.
No. 7 Severna Park 72, Chesapeake-AA 42: Leading 32-27 at the half, the Falcons (12-3) overcame a tough Chesapeake team with a strong second half to remain perfect in Anne Arundel at 10-0. Senior Natalie Hicks paced Severna Park with 24 points.
No. 8 Arundel 56, South River 44: Seniors Chanell Sutton and Tracey Pucci led a balanced Arundel attack with 10 points each to offset an 18-point performance from South River's Lindsey Roche. No. 9 Western 100, Southwestern 17: Eleven players scored, led by Stephanie Tolbert's 14 points, as the visiting Doves (11-5) overwhlemed the Sabers.
No. 10 Milford Mill 70, No. 18 Randallstown 65: Mandakova Clark scored 27 to power the Millers (11-4).
No. 11 Spalding 78, Mount de Sales 40: Senior point guard Carlisa Howard scored 16 and added five assists to lead the Cavaliers (17-4) to their fourth straight win.
No. 19 St. Mary's 36, No. 20 Bryn Mawr 23: Senior guard Toby McIntyre led all scorers with 15 points as the Saints (11-8) won a defensive battle against the host Mawrtians.